Quality Crabcakes and Sandwiches at Rybread in Fairmont
A hop, skip, and short bus ride away from Center City lies the charming neighborhood of Fairmount. Wandering around this charming city-suburb, you can find baby strollers, tree-lined streets, and one of the best sandwich shops in town.
Plain and simple, Rybread makes good sandwiches. Deviating from the recent trend of delicious frou-frou sandwiches a la exotic banh mi or the ultimate roast pork sammich, Rybread’s repertoire of sandwiches hail from classic recipes. That is not to say, however, that Rybread is not gourmet; they are. Yet, there is undoubtedly a focus on putting together simple ingredients that result in simple goodness.
With a selection of 18 sandwiches and paninis to choose from (including the enticing NOLA, a shrimp salad on brioche, and the Sedona, a cure-all grilled cheese remedy customizable for your bacon and apple additions), I ordered the house signature – the Rybread.
Crab cake, greens, tomato, chipotle mayo, served on a brioche bun. At $8.50, the Rybread is the most expensive item on the menu and still reasonably priced for lunch.
As I took the first bite into my Rybread, my tastebuds experienced an euphoric explosion of palatable gratification. Behind the sweetness of the crab cake was a hint of spicy cayenne and chipotle that complemented rather than overcompensated for flavor. The tomato was perfectly un-soggy, and the mixed greens a nice alternative to basic sandwich lettuce. The brioche bun from Le Bus was eggy, fluffy, and a good support base for the vegetable accoutrements.
Upon my second bite, I made a startling realization. This was whole lump crab, not surimi (imitation crab). There weren’t any breadcrumbs or fillers present either – just a dash of spices, finely chopped onions, and genuine, crabtastic glory.
I throroughly savored my sandwich to great relish, and needless to say, I shall be back for more. Although I am now inclined to try every sandwich on the Rybread menu, it will be hard to resist reordering the utterly delicious eponymous house special!
If you’re jonesing for a little sweetness to complete your meal, I recommend trying Rybread’s refreshing iced tea (brewed in-house) or coffee, which you can modify to your liking with their generous assortment of creamers and sweeteners (– honey, agave, brown sugar, oh my)! Their cupcakes and scones are also worthy of a gander as they are baked daily and deliciously decadent.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- A grand assortment of delicious sandwich fare (and salads, too!)
- Good, simple ingredients.
- Friendly, hospitable service; they’re likely to remember your name.
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- Limited dining area in wintertime, as outdoor seating becomes a tad restricted.
Rybread, 2319 Fairmount Avenue, 215-769-0603